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Lostnq8: such a quiet weekend and a 3 day one to boot - hopefully after the inauguration things will pick up swiftly
Lostnq8: admin based on what i read are we definitely looking at after the inauguration and will the zim holders be in the front of the lines
ADMINBILL: LOSTNQ8 - NOW THERE IS A QUESTION. I HEAR YES BUT I ALSO HEAR AT THE SAME TIME. I WOULD FEEL MUCH BETTER IF THEY CLOSELY FOLLOWED EACH OTHER AND I DON'T REALLY CARE WHICH ONE GOES FIRST. I HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT THE SECOND TRUMP AND PENCE ARE SWORN IN IT IS A WHOLE NEW BALL GAME.
DRL: Admin Bill, almost like turning on a light switch
Shjinvest: Admin bill, I live in Denmark, and I am a big fan of this site, one thing: will the banks exchange the millions of zim and will there be taken zeros of.???
ADMINBILL: SHJINVEST - I LOVE DENMARK! I WILL MAKE AN ASSUMPTION THAT ZIM WILL BE ACCEPTED AT SPECIFIC LOCATIONS WHICH WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE. REMEMBER THE ZIM AS WE KNOW IT IS A BOND NOT A CURRENCY.
TurtleIsland1: IMO the decades old Prosperity Packages are real, which was based on HYIP ... Now when the systematic collapse happens in the 'markets' I am not certain that it will be humanitarian payouts as it once was. Humanitarian payouts and currency exchange is 2 different things. IMO
ADMINBILL: TRUMP IS A VERY SMART MAN WITH A OVERWHELMING NEED TO SUCCEED. TURTLE - THEY ARE VERY DIFFERENT AS ARE THEIR FUNDING SOURCES
IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THE HUMANITARIAN PACKAGES ARE MEANT TO IMPROVE THE WORLD FOR EVERYONE AND THAT NEED IS GREAT.
THERE APPEAR TO BE A HISTORICAL RECOGNITION FROM THOSE THAT PUT THIS TOGETHER THAT GOVERNMENTS ARE NOT CAPABLE OF USING THOSE FUNDS PROPERLY. HENCE THE HUMANITARIAN PROJECTS SET UP BY REAL PEOPLE FOR THE GOOD OF HUMANITY NOT THE ENRICHMENT OF PETTY DICTATORS AND SLIMY BUSINESS PEOPLE AND BANKERS.
THAT SAID, IT WOULD NOT BE UNREASONABLE TO ASSUME THAT THE LEADERS OF THE WORLD ARE AWARE OF WHAT IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN AND WILL WANT TO SEE HUMANITARIAN PROJECTS IN THEIR RESPECTIVE COUNTRIES BEGIN.
CAN YOU DEFINE A HUMANITARIAN PROJECT AND GIVE ME AN EXAMPLE?
Evenstar: Bill , one example is cleaning up Earth's air and water
Cantap: Cleaning up the rivers and the lakes is a humanitarian project.
BeagleEyes: Helping ALL of the states to get the lead out of the water. Flint is just one of many that have old pipes contributing to lead in the water.
Scotchie: Finding homeless vets decent apartments (two person), along with making sure they would have proper medical and dental care.
Airam: This is getting interesting ..2017 here we are and here we go ..every year is the yr of the blessings...this is getting little awkward..I can not remember how long we have been around the corner...how far is the corner. Or simply what corner ...
when you are running in a race and you don't know where it ends there's no way to know when you are near the end .so all i hear is this time for real we are closer....we are there ...its done .just waiting our turn ..this adventure has proven our faith and our waiting skills ..lol...lol..lol.after 11 yrs and many false GO...ALL I CAN DO IS LAUGH..
GoodTimes1: To be honest this has been delayed so long, none of this makes sense anymore
Beethovan: I'm tired of chasing the carrot on the stick. If I'm going to chase something it might as well be chocolate! Lol
Tada: GM Dear Ones..... There's a NEW F Word for this year.... Forgiveness.... blessings to all my TNT Family. Forget the old; in with the NEW.
Harambe: Reuters: In parts of Mosul, a semblance of normality despite war http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-mosul-idUSKBN14Z082
DinarDek: Frank, I know I'm far from the only curious student on the forum that would like to hear your input on the CBI arcticle Walkingstick posted this morning clearly stating that the project for deleting of the zeros not right at this time. As always I'd like to express my sincere appreciation for you, Tink, and teams for all you do!!
Frank26: Will be glad to explain .............. Join me tomorrow on Your MONDAY CC.
BTW ............ You were to expect this ...... No ? ............ YES !
CBI WEBSITE is more interesting to my TEAMS right now. Aloha \m/
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Euro Must SPLIT IN TWO: Weak France and Italy 'MUST be Kicked Out' to Save Currency
FRANCE should be kicked out of the eurozone along with fellow struggling countries Italy, Spain and Portugal, according to Germany's populist party chief.
The southern European economies are not strong enough to be in the euro with Germany and should split to form a separate union, said Joerg Meuthen the co-leader of the right-wing Alternative for Germany party (AfD)
Austria, the Netherlands, Finland and Germany could then remain as a core euro group, so countries on the continent are better aligned by economies and cultures, added Mr Meuthen.
He said: "The euro is a seed of discord in Europe that has different currency cultures and different competitiveness levels."
The euro is too strong for the countries struggling with high debts and weak growth, according to Mr Meuthen.
And the bloc's most troubled country Greece is so weak that it should go back to the drachma, said the AfD leader.
He said no other nation wants to share a currency with the crisis-hit nation....
How Davos Brings the Global Elite Together
By MICHAEL J. de la MERCED and RUSSELL GOLDMAN
For two weeks each January, the population of Davos, Switzerland, swells as the global elite meet for a series of discussions. CreditFabrice Coffrini/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
Heads of state, captains of industry, prominent academics, philanthropists and a retinue of journalists, celebrities and hangers-on will descend Tuesday on Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum.
For most of the year, Davos is a resort town high in the Swiss Alps with a population of just 11,000. But for two weeks each January, the town’s population swells to 30,000 as the global elite meet for a series of meetings and discussions about “entrepreneurship in the global public interest,” in what could be described as world’s most expensive networking event.
Beyond the events on the conference’s official calendar are an even more exclusive series of parties, dinners and outings.
What Is the Forum?
Founded in 1971 by Klaus Schwab, a German economics professor, the European Economic Forum began as a conference for European business leaders to discuss catching up with American management processes. Two years later, the conference had shifted its focus to global economic and social issues, and the first political leaders were invited to attend.
In 1987 the organization was renamed the World Economic Forum, and its annual conference was well enough known to be referred to simply as Davos. The conference has been the site of several historic meetings, including two in 1989: the first ministerial-level meeting between North and South Korea, and another between the leaders of East and West Germany.
As the prestige of the conference grew, more politicians, thought leaders and celebrities began attending the event.
Who Attends the Conference?
More than 2,500 people will attend this year’s conference from 90 different countries. Most of the participants are corporate executives, but more than two dozen heads of state and government are expected to attend.
Theresa May, the prime minister of Britain, and Xi Jinping, president of China, are attending the conference for the first time this year. Mr. Xi is the first Chinese president to attend the event.
But even world leaders are often seen craning their heads for a glimpse at the boldfaced names in attendance. The singer Shakira and the actor Forest Whitaker are to receive awards this year. Expected attendees include Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer at Facebook; the actor and activist Matt Damon; the Formula One driver Nico Rosberg; and Jack Ma, the Chinese billionaire and founder of Alibaba.
Though gender equality is often discussed at the forum, just 17 percent of last year’s participants were women, according to the forum.
How Are These People Kept Safe?
All of those dignitaries need security. During the conference, Davos transforms into a veritable fortress. Roadblocks restrict traffic on the city’s main streets and checkpoints spring up outside each venue. At the Congress Center, where the main panels take place, and at each hotel that hosts parties and talks, attendees pass metal detectors, armed guards and beneath the watchful eyes of sharpshooters.
In the past, the conference was targeted by protesters associated with the anticapitalist Occupy movement. In 2013, members of the Ukrainian activist group Femen were arrested after a topless demonstration.
The Swiss government estimated it will spend 8 million Swiss francs, about $8 million, on security, but said that number could increase if there were a credible threat to the conference.
“Switzerland is still not regarded as a priority target for jihadist terrorists,” the Federal Council said on its website. “On the other hand, even on Swiss soil, the interests of states participating in the military coalition against the so-called Islamic State face an increased threat.”
Is It as Elitist as It Sounds?
The annual meeting runs on a tiered system of colored badges denoting just how important one is, or is not. White badges are for attendees able to attend any official event and make full use of the forum’s facilities. Orange badges are reserved for the 500 journalists who cover the forum, but are not allowed at some parties. Other badges, like purple ones, denote technical or support staff and limit their holders to a few areas.
If that system were not complicated enough, local hotels like the Belvedere and the InterContinental often sell their own badges to the bankers and consultants who descend upon Davos — but not the forum itself — to strike deals and chat up clients. These souls camp out at the hotels, renting rooms for business meetings by day and soiree hopping at night.
What About the Parties?
Most of the events center on talking. But beyond lectures and panel discussions, the agenda also features more esoteric attractions. One notable event is a simulation of a refugee’s experience, where Davos attendees crawl on their hands and knees and pretend to flee from advancing armies.
It is one of the most popular events every year.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Responsive and Responsible Leadership.” But attendees like to play as hard as they work.
There are several official cocktail receptions, but the action really lies in a galaxy of events hosted by corporations. Some are small, intimate dinners that feature the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Bono.
Others are dazzling affairs: JPMorgan Chase, for example, has previously taken over the Kirchner Museum Davos for drinks with its chief executive, Jamie Dimon, and Tony Blair, the former British prime minister.
Google’s annual party at the InterContinental Hotel has become the hottest ticket in town. The investor Anthony Scaramucci, now an adviser to Donald J. Trump, for years has hosted a reception at the famed Hotel Europe featuring a sometimes eye-popping list of high-end Champagne and Bordeaux red wine.
A more recent up-and-comer is hosted by Salesforce.com, a business software maker, whose chief, Marc Benioff, is one of the forum’s most ardent boosters. Last year’s Salesforce party included Mr. Benioff flying in scores of fresh flower leis and a band from Hawaii, as Eric Schmidt of Google and other tech notables danced in a corner.
Several years ago, Sean Parker of Napster and Facebook fame, hosted an over-the-top gathering that featured stuffed animal heads shooting laser beams out of their eyes. And the Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska has thrown opulent gatherings at a nearby villa where the Champagne flowed freely
For a nightcap, the Davos crowd traditionally retires to the Tonic Bar at Hotel Europe, sipping cocktails while the forum fixture Barry Colson leads the crowd in Billy Joel singalongs.
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